2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 04, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.7 Points 78.7
37.6 Rebounds 33.6
11.9 O. Rebounds 12.7
25.7 D. Rebounds 20.9
16.6 Assists 20.3
6.0 Steals 6.7
2.9 Blocks 2.1
15.0 Turnovers 10.4
47.8 % 2PT 54.8 %
35.7 % 3PT 32.8 %
70.4 % FT 76.5 %
82.3 Index 92.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.4 / Harangody Points 14.1 / Kuzminskas
5.4 / Erden Rebounds 7.1 / Hendrix
2.0 / Erden OR 2.7 / Hendrix
3.7 / Preldzic DR 4.4 / Hendrix
4.7 / Gordon Assists 5.6 / Markovic
2.0 / Markoishvili Steals 1.1 / Kuzminskas
1.3 / Slaughter Blocks 0.6 / Kuzminskas
2.3 / Gordon Turnovers 1.6 / Smith
76.5 % / Slaughter 2PT 100.0 % / Diaz
54.5 % / Gordon 3PT 46.7 % / Diez
100.0 % / Gordon FT 100.0 % / Smith
11.3 / Bjelica Index 17.0 / Hendrix

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-4 Regular Season 6-1
3-4 Overall 6-1

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

The Take

Darussafaka has the chance to qualify to the Top 16 if it wins and should Dinamo Sassari beat Maccabi one night earlier. Unicaja has already qualified to the Top 16 and now is in the hunt for first place in Group D. Unicaja is taking good care of the ball - it gives up just 10.4 turnovers per game, in part because its opponents average a league-low 4.14 steals - and is doing well on the boards, too, allowing just 29.3 rebounds per game. Unicaja ranks second in assists (20.3 apg.) and third in offensive rebounds (12.7 orpg.) and two-point shooting percentage (54.8%). Darussafaka must change those numbers by dominating the defensive boards and putting pressure on Unicaja to make mistakes. Jamon Gordon will play a key role as Darussafaka's defensive leader, but Manuchar Markoishvili, Scottie Wilbekin and Reggie Redding need to step up against a deep Unicaja backcourt led by Nemanja Nedovic, Stefan Markovic, Edwin Jackson and Jamar Smith. The matchup between Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Emir Preldzic, two talented, yet very different players, promises to be a key to this game. Semih Erden, Milko Bjelica, Luke Harangody and Furkan Aldemir will be the hosts' main options around the basket, but Unicaja relies on rock-solid Will Thomas, Richard Hendrix and Fran Vazquez to dominate the boards. Expect a very intense showdown at Volkswagen Arena.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

Jamon Gordon has picked up at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.

Oguz Savas has made 11 free throws in a row in Euroleague games.

Marcus Slaughter has blocked at least 1 shot in four straight Euroleague games; he is averaging 2 blocks per game over that stretch.

Slaughter needs 13 more points to reach 500 for his Euroleague career.

Milko Bjelica had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Unicaja back in the 2009-10 season. He recorded a performance index rating of 24 on the strength of 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a 71-73 loss.

Unicaja Malaga

Edwin Jackson has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight Euroleague games.

Jackson has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Richard Hendrix has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.

Nemanja Nedovic was a teammate of Darussafaka forward Luke Harangody last season in Valencia.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We’ll play at home against a very good team. A win would boost our confidence in this heavy game schedule. We should leave behind our previous games and look ahead. Despite sometimes having ups and downs we are a good team too. And by wining this game we will be one step closer to our goal."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"Any road win, especially against powerful teams like CSKA, Maccabi or Darussafaka, is important, but we want to keep our dynamics intact. We have seen this week that we can play two good games in a row and we want to keep that way. A win in Istanbul would mean that this is not a coincidence and that except for a bad day in Bamberg, the team has been serious and competitive. Darussafaka is playing to be in the Top 16. After losing at home to Brose Baskets it will get complicated for them if they do not beat us, because Maccabi will do everything they can to advance. It's a difficult game to which we have to go with the will to play hard, to win, even if we know they have high-level players. They are a powerful team, but they already were when they played in Malaga. They have signed two more players since then and it will be complicated."

Players

PRELDZIC, EMIR
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"This is a very important game for us. I hope that our fans come again to Volkswagen Arena and support us as they did in the previous two games. We want the win this game for them and increase our chance to qualify for Top 16. Unicaja is one the best teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. But we have to play our own game and give our best to to win this game. With a win we’ll get back our confidence. I’m happy here at Darüşşafaka Doğuş but I can play better and improve to help more the team."
SMITH, JAMAR
Unicaja Malaga
"We have our Top 16 ticket but we want to keep competing and winning. Winning on the road in the Euroleague is not easy, but we are a team of fighters and we always want to win. We must give it all to maintain the good work we have done so far, and stay on the right path of the latest games."

Redding, Bjelica lead Darussafaka past Unicaja

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul moved within one victory of a trip to the Top 16 with two games to go when it beat Unicaja Malaga 63-57 at Volkswagen Arena on Friday night. Milko Bjelica scored 9 in a 14-0 fourth-quarter run as the hosts took charge late and held. The result lifted Darussafaka to 4-4 and fourth place in Group D, while Unicaja fell to 6-2 and second place. Reggie Redding paced the winners with 19 points, while Bjelica finished with 18 and Semih Erden added 9 points and 6 rebounds. Redding and Jamon Gordon each had 4 steals in helping force Unicaja into 24 turnovers. Nemanja Nedovic led the visitors with 13 points, Edwin Jackson added 11 and Will Thomas posted 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Erden dominates the paint for hosts

Nedovic opened the scoring with a three-pointer for the visitors. Manuchar Markoishvili drove and dumped a pass to Erden for a slam. Reggie Redding’s layup in transition gave Darussafaka its first lead, 4-3. Nedovic took charge with a layup and an assist to Fran Vazquez for a jumper. Scottie Wilbekin netted a floater off the glass, by Edwin Jackson responded with a jumper. Luke Harangody’s three-pointer evened the score at 9-9. Jackson’s layup was met by Erden’s lay-in. Nedovic drained a foul-line jumper, but it was tied again after Erden’s tip-in made it 13-13. The hosts regained the lead on a Redding jumper, but Thomas answered with a tip-in. Wilbekin’s catch-and-shoot and Erden’s alley-oop slam from Gordon’s pass gave the hosts a 20-15 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja stays close behind

Neither team could get the ball in the hoop for the first two minutes of the quarter. Unicaja broke through with back-to-back threes by Carlos Suarez and Jamar Smith. Bjelica dunked to end a nearly four-minute scoring drought for the hosts. Unicaja missed its next 5 shots, but Darussafaka only went ahead 25-21 on a Bjelica basket. A Dani Diez triple pulled Unicaja back within 1. Bjelica remained a force with the Euroleague Fantasy Challenge Special – offensive rebound, layup, foul drawn and free throw made – to put the hosts up 28-24. However Vazquez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored on consecutive possessions to even the score. Redding’s steal and eventual layup gave Darussafaka a 30-28 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Nedovic takes charge to give Unicaja control

Jackson’s short jumper and Nedovic’s great assist to Thomas for a fast break slam put the visitors ahead. Harangody ran the give-and-go with Markoshvili on the break to even the score at 32-32. Nedovic took charge with the next 6 points, including a reverse layup in traffic and a deep three-pointer. Gordon rescued Darussafaka with a pull-up jumper before Harangody drilled a three from the corner. Thomas kept Unicaja in control with a baseline jumper and Jackson and Thomas added free throws to push the lead to 37-44. Redding responded with a three, but Kuzminskas scored on the offensive glass kept the visitors in charge. Another Redding three cut the deficit to 3. Thomas’s free throws were matched by Bjelica’s layup to make it 45-48 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Bjelica stars in 14-0 run to ice the game

Wilbekin scored an acrobatic layup on the break and Redding drove through the Unicaja defense for a layup and a Darussafaka lead. Alberto Diaz answered with a triple before Wilbekin’s great pass led Redding to a fast break layup and foul. Bjelica scored again inside for a 54-51 advantage. His triple with 5:30 on the clock brought the crowd to its feet and he followed it with a turnaround jumper to extend the run. Redding’s free throws made it a 10-point game. Bjelica added a mid-range jumper to cap a 14-0 run in which he scored 9 to lead 63-51. Jackson ended a nearly six-minute scoring drought for Unicaja with a three-pointer. Teenager Kenan Karahodzic drilled a three with just a minute to go to make it a 6-point game. But another Unicaja turnover sealed the hosts’ fate.

One Team - Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs. Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Friday, December 4, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 4080
By Quarter1234
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul20101518
Unicaja Malaga1513209
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Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul20304563
Unicaja Malaga15284857
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 26:57 7 2/5 1/5   1 2 3 4 2 3     4 1 3
5 REDDING, REGGIE 34:57 19 5/8 2/5 3/3 1 2 3 2 4 4 1   1 3 21
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 21:20 9 4/7   1/2 2 4 6   1 1       5 16
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 12:35   0/4     1   1 3   1     3   -4
15 CETIN, SERHAT 5:13   0/1                         -1
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GORDON, JAMON 23:20 2 1/4 0/3     5 5 3 4 1     1 1 7
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 16:58     0/3         2         1   -2
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 18:38   0/1     1 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 6
44 HARANGODY, LUKE 16:59 8 1/1 2/4     1 1   2       3   6
51 BJELICA, MILKO 23:03 18 7/9 1/3 1/1 2 1 3     1 1   3 2 16
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 63 20/40 6/23 5/6 8 19 27 15 14 13 3 1 17 15 68
        50% 26.1% 83.3%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 23:25 11 3/3 1/5 2/2 1 1 2 1   3     1 2 8
3 UTA, CHISTIAN 3:31                   1     3   -4
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 3:30 3   1/1             1         2
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 19:04   0/2 0/2   1 3 4 2   3     1 1 -1
10 THOMAS, WILL 23:08 10 3/4   4/4 1 6 7 1   1 1 1 1 3 18
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 23:30 3 0/1 1/2   1 4 5   1 1     1   5
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 25:19 3 0/1 1/6   1 6 7     1     2 5 6
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN 3:17 3   1/1         1   1         3
15 SMITH, JAMAR 16:35 3 0/3 1/3     1 1 3   1   1   1 1
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 17:31 13 3/3 2/4 1/2       3 1 3     1 3 13
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 19:41 4 2/7     1 2 3 1   4     4 1 -4
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 21:29 4 2/5 0/2   3 2 5     3   1 1 1  
Team           5 2 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 57 13/29 8/26 7/8 14 27 41 12 2 24 1 3 15 17 53
        44.8% 30.8% 87.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We played against a very good team; they are guaranteed to go to the Top 16. We were a little bit under pressure. We had a lot of open shots that we missed in the first half and we missed a lot of those in the second. We fought and we won and that’s an important thing."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"We had a bad game - under bad circunstances due to our absences, but a bad game. Winning two quarters is never enough against an opponent like this, with such a deep bench. I think we competed and even did better than Darussafaka in some aspects of the game but our 24 turnovers made it impossible for us to win tonight. We had 11 of those 24 turnovers in the fourth quarter. We didn't shoot free throws and just once from two-point range in the fourth quarter. It is impossible to win with those numbers."

Players

REDDING, REGGIE
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We lost three in a row. We knew this was a big win for us is we wanted to move on to the next round in the Euroleague. So we were ready to play. We had a long week of preparation and I think that helped us out. This is our first win here in this gym, so hopefully it broke the ice. If it comes down to the last week here against Maccabi, I’m confident we can get the win. "
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